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Topic: Gastrointestinal And Liver Diseases
Description: Research interests in defining the epidemiology, aetiology , risk factors, treatment modaliities and prognostic factors of liver diseases
Nutritional status and its impact among patients with chronic liver disease in Lagos, Nigeria
INTRODUCTION: Chronic Liver disease (CLD) is a common cause of morbidity and mortality in Nigeria especially among middle-aged Nigerian men. This is as a result of severe complications accompanying deterioration in liver function. Malnutrition has been reported to be a common complication of CLD with various reasons adduced for this. It is also a recognized factor affecting the prognosis of decompensated CLD. AIM: To determine the prevalence of malnutrition among patients with chronic liver disease and its impact on the quality of life of these patients at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, Lagos State METHOD: Consenting patients with CLD shall be recruited from the Medical Outpatient Department and wards of LASUTH. Relevant data would be obtained from each patient through questionnaire interview, medical examination and laboratory test. Quality of life shall be assessed using the World Health Organization (WHO) quality of life questionnaire ‘EUQOL 5D- 3L questionnaire version 5.1, 2015’. Statistical analysis would be done using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 20. A p value of <0.05 will be taken as statistically significant.RESULTS: The prevalence of malnutrition shall be expressed as percentage. Patients will be stratified according to the severity of malnutrition and Child-Pugh class. Data on the quality of life shall be presented as health profile i.e. by making a table with the proportion of reported problems for each level for each dimension, broken down to include the proportions per malnutrition subgroup. ADDITION TO KNOWLEDGE: This would provide knowledge on the magnitude and impact of malnutrition on the quality of life of these and in the log run serve to improve the outcome and the well-being of Nigerian patients with CLD.
IGETEI RUFINA is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Medicine